Lower East Side Bars Targeted in Recent Raids

Tammany Hall, 152 Orchard.

Police and other city and state officials were out in force on the Lower East Side last night, inspecting several nightlife venues for possible violations.  Tammany Hall (152 Orchard), Boss Tweeds (115 Essex), Leftfield (87 Ludlow), The Suffolk (107 Suffolk), Fat Baby (112 Rivington), La Caverna (122 Rivington) and Recoup Lounge (210 Rivington) were all targeted.

The raids were part of an initiative known as the Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots (MARCH), in which the NYPD, State Liquor Authority, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Health and Department of Buildings pay periodic visits to nightlife establishments that have been the subject of complaints.  The task force was created by the Giuliani administration following the tragic Happy Land fire in 1990.  Mayor Bloomberg has stepped up use of the raids.

Death of Carlisle Brigham Apparently Accidental

Carlisle Brigham/Facebook.

Police investigators say it appears the death of 29-year old Carlisle Brigham yesterday inside a Lower East Side apartment building was probably a tragic accident.   Her injuries were so severe that police and paramedics initially suspected someone might have slashed her throat.  But NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said last night it’s possible Brigham died after she “struck her chin in a fall down a flight of marble stairs.” Autopsy results likely won’t be available until later today.

Brigham, the daughter of a well-to-do St. Louis family, was separated from her husband, Anthony Champalimaud.  They were married a year ago.  She was staying with a friend at 191 Orchard Street, just below East Houston.  Yesterday police indicated the primary resident of the apartment was being interviewed by police, but was not considered a suspect.  Police yesterday described him as a boyfriend. But today the Daily News reports the two were “platonic” friends.

Photos: Columbia Street After Last Night’s Shooting

Columbia Street, near Delancey.

It’s still an active crime scene on Columbia Street this morning, following last night’s shooting spree.  As we reported earlier, two police officers and suspect Luis Martinez exchanged gunfire during a chase around the Baruch Houses.   People are milling about on the corner of Columbia and Delancey streets watching officers collect evidence. Parents and children on the way to school are having to take detours, since Columbia between Delancey and Rivington is closed to traffic.

A short time ago, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly spoke about the incident on a radio program.  He called it a miracle that one of the bullets was deflected by Officer Thomas Richards’ gun belt, possibly saving his life. “An inch either way, it would have been right in his stomach,” Kelly said at WOR. Kelly met with Richards and Thomas Dunne, the other officer.

Breaking: Gun Battle Near Baruch Houses Late Last Night

There was a lot of activity around the Baruch Houses late last night. Gunfire erupted about 1:30 a.m. as police were questioning a man on Columbia Street. Police say the man opened fire on police officers Thomas Richards and Thomas Dunne, and then fled down Rivington Street.

According to WABC, “one of the bullets, a 9mm round, was deflected by the spare ammunition magazine on Officer Richards’ gunbelt on his left abdomen.”  Richards fired back at the suspect.  As the officers chased him towards Baruch Drive more shots were exchanged. Police reported that 25-year old Luis Martinez was hit in the upper right leg.  They chased him into a 6th floor apartment, where an arrest was made. WABC reported that police found a 9mm Taurus handgun in a trash compacter in the apartment.

Martinez was taken to Bellevue Hospital.  The officers were briefly hospitalized, but later released.

We’ll have more details throughout the day.

 

Teenage Girl Killed on Delancey Street

A 12-year old girl was killed on Delancey Street this afternoon, after being struck by a Toyota Sienna minivan. It happened around 3:30 p.m. as the Castle Middle School student was heading north on Clinton Street with a group of friends.  According to Gothamist, she was rushed to Downtown Hospital, but there was nothing doctors could do. More from Gothamist:

One witness, a friend of the victim, says, “We were crossing the street and the light changed real quick. She started going, and then she stopped, but she tripped. The van hit her twice. The first time it hit her, then when it stopped and realized that it hit her, it hit her again.” Another student, who said she was the girl’s best friend, says, “The crossing guard didn’t even do anything they kept on waving cars through, telling them to go. You see the blood on the ground? That’s where it hit her.” The girl’s friend was extremely distraught and crying, but fortunately her mother soon arrived.

Police Search For Suspect in iPhone Theft on Clinton Street

NYPD Photo via DNA Info.

Police are asking for help in finding a man who stole an iPhone from a woman on Clinton Street last month. According to DNA Info, the incident happened on December 17th, at about 1:35 p.m., between Henry Street and East Broadway.

Investigators believe the suspect approached the woman, reached into her jacket pocket and swiped the phone.  He then took off, east on Henry.

Police say the suspect is about 18-years-old and was wearing a gray-hooded sweatshirt.

If you have info about this crime, call Crime stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477), go to the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or text 274637 (CRIMES) and then enter TIP577.

 

A Deadly End to Police Chase on FDR Drive (Updated 12:40 p.m.)

WABC photo.

A suspect was killed last night on FDR Drive near East 6th Street, as he attempted to elude police.  According to Channel 7, cops were pursuing a 22-year old man, who ran onto the roadway and was struck by a livery cab.  The incident happened at about 11:30 p.m.

Emergency crews responded right away but the man was pronounced dead on the scene. Distraught family and friends tried to approach the accident scene, but police held them back.  It’s unclear why they were chasing the suspect.

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. – The Daily News reports the victim was 22-year old Keba Brown, an East Village resident. According to the report, he fled when police tried to arrest him for allegedly dealing drugs. A few more details from the story:

Family members said Brown had a troubled past but was trying to turn himself around. “He wanted to start a new life,” said his aunt, Sharon Reid. “He had two kids.” Sources said Brown was on probation for robbery and had a warrant for his arrest on a parole violation.

Police Recruit Dies During Training Run Along East River

Sherman Adams.

A 28-year old police recruit, Sherman Adams of Coney Island, died during a training run along the East River last night.  It happened around 5:40 p.m., after a day of exercises that took place between East Houston and 14th streets.  Abrams was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Chief Ray Kelly went to the hospital last night to pay their respects to the family. Abrams leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter.  He was a corrections officer for four years before entering the Police Academy in July.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

 

Culturefix in the Crosshairs

Phone camera photo from Culturefix customer.

You’re looking at a grainy cell phone photo taken inside Clinton Street bar/performance space Culturefix this past weekend. As Grub Street and the Village Voice reported earlier in the week, the NYPD and several other city/state agencies paid the nightlife establishment a visit Saturday night. Culturefix co-owner Cole Schaeffer, who has been tangling with the 7th Precinct for several months now,  made a round of calls to several media organizations to detail what he called a “raid” on his business.  In the past few days, we’ve been looking into what happened Saturday.  Here’s what we found.

Tammany Hall Brawl: Police Commish Defends Officers

Defendant Gabriel Diaz (neck brace) leaves court. Photo via New York Daily News.

An update this morning on the brawl that took place outside the Tammany Hall nightclub on Orchard Street this week.  As we reported yesterday, five people arrested Tuesday night were arraigned in Criminal Court and released (without having to post bail). Gabriel Diaz, Jade Everette,  Lewis Pena and Cynthia Rosa face felony assault, felony rioting and other charges. A fifth defendant, James Ayala, faces misdemeanor charges (obstructing a governmental administration and disorderly conduct).

Arrests at Tammany Hall; Patrons Claim NYPD Brutality

Orchard Street in front of Tammany Hall is quiet this morning, but last night was a different story.

An event that began as a hip-hop CD release party at Orchard Street nightclub Tammany Hall yesterday evening ended with blood on the sidewalk, the arrest of half a dozen patrons and at least five police officers injured in the wee hours of the morning.

Ten minutes after midnight, NYPD officers responded to a call for help from security staffers at the club, who reported a dispute among patrons that had grown unruly during the show, according to the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information office, which compiled a preliminary report this morning. Officers arrived to find a large crowd outside the club, and proceeded to arrest one person for disorderly conduct. The suspect fought back, striking an officer in the face and breaking a front tooth, according to DCPI. The suspect then allegedly called for help from other patrons inside and outside the club as officers began to clear out the over-capacity space.

NYPD Nightlife Crackdown Turns to “Foundation”

At 10:30 Friday night, two bouncers on duty at Foundation were checking IDs and admitting patrons, who had to walk through a door plastered with three restraining orders.

Last night we were at Foundation, 137 Essex Street, the latest target of the 7th Precinct’s Lower East Side nightlife crackdown, which was slapped with three bright orange restraining order stickers citing underage drinking, overcrowding and safety hazards.

But The Lo-Down’s Jennifer Strom reported the bar was open for business as usual, with bouncers checking IDs of cheerful patrons who pushed past the stickered door to go inside. “It’s just a court date,” one of the bouncers answered in response to her inquiries about the police visit. Bar management declined comment.

Max Fish Reopens Tonight

One week after being shut down by the NYPD for alleged underage drinking, Max Fish is reopening tonight. After two days of negotiations in civil court, owner Ulli Rimkus and city attorneys reached a settlement.

While the legendary Ludlow Street bar was permitted to resume operations, it must abide by several restrictions. Among them: a requirement to hire licensed security guards and to record the identifications of everyone entering the bar. Rimkus was also required to pay a fine.

This afternoon, the iron gate of 178 Ludlow had been raised and the front door was open. A sign in the window read, “we’re back! Yay! We’ll be opened Friday 5:30 p.m.!”

The Max Fish closure was part of a neighborhood-wide nightlife crackdown.

We have a call into Rimkus; we hope to get her perspective on the ordeal sometime soon.

 

Woman Struck by Garbage Truck at Essex and Delancey (Updated 6:09am)

Photo by Adrian Fussell.

Photo by Adrian Fussell.

Tuesday afternoon, a woman was struck by a garbage truck at the intersection of Essex and Delancey. According to the NYPD press office, she was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.  The victim is 51 years old and a resident of Brooklyn. She was walking eastbound on Delancey at about 3 p.m. when the accident happened. The woman became trapped under the rear wheels of a private sanitation truck. The police spokesman said there was “no criminality” on the part of the driver and he was not charged.  The Essex and Delancey intersection is one of the most dangerous in the city. Thanks to Lo-Down reader David Flaherty for alerting us to this story. If you have photos or additional information, email us at tips@thelodownny.com.

UPDATE 6:09am Photojournalist Adrian Fussell sent of the photos posted above. He says police officers had blocked Essex Street in both directions. There was a boot or shoe in the street, as well as some bits of clothing and bloodstains. Based on a report City Councilwoman Margaret Chin received from the NYPD, the victim’s legs were badly injured. We hope to have more details about her condition later today.

Read an update to this story here.

Online Petition Created to Support Max Fish

An online petition has popped up to save Max Fish, the legendary Ludlow Street bar shut down by the NYPD Friday night for alleged underage drinking violations. The petition reads:

Max Fish opened on Ludlow Street in 1989. We have nurtured and supported the Lower East Side arts community for over 20 years–a community that is increasingly threatened by a variety of outside sources including landlords, real-estate developers and the NYPD. Your signature shows support for the continued existence of a vibrant and positive establishment–one that embodies the creative spirit of the LES and elevates the quality of life for the community.